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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Fogle nets 55

   Feb. 9, 1974 -- Canisius College had the nation's leading basketball scorer in 1973-74. He showed why during a game against St. Peter's on this date.

   Larry Fogle scored 55 points in Memorial Auditorium to set a Golden Griffins' record that remains to this day. Fogle had 20 field goals, another school record, and Canisius scored 129 points in a 129-109 victory. It's the only time in Canisius history that it allowed at least 100 points, and won. The game also set a school record for combined points.

   Fogle began his career at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, and transferred to Canisius when USL dropped basketball after going on probation. "Houston, Tennessee, Austin Peay and UCLA called me," Fogle told Sports Illustrated that season. "I was all set to go to Houston, but the day before I went to sign there [Canisius center Charlie] Jordan called and told me what I'd be missing. I like it here, even if Buffalo isn't the warmest place in the world."

   He averaged 33.4 points per game in 1973-74. Fogle, a 6-5 forward, was drafted by the New York Knicks in the second round in 1975. He played in only two NBA games.

--- Budd Bailey

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